To date, Arizona is a CWD-free state. The chances of controlling the disease are high if it is detected before it is widespread.
- Extensive surveillance programs that monitor CWD distribution and prevalence have been instituted nationwide including Arizona. In addition to surveys from hunters, animals that appear sick are targeted and tested year-round.
- AZGFD has a response plan should the disease be detected in Arizona.
- In states where wild cervids have tested positive for CWD, wildlife agencies are employing several different management actions to contain and control the disease. The overall strategy has been to reduce the density of wild cervids in infected populations in order to minimize disease transmission.